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Road Trip With A National Parks Pass
The most costly part of a road trip is lodging. If you are going to be traveling for more than a few nights, standard hotels will burn through your budget. There are some great ways to sleep on the cheap, though.

Renting an RV can solve your lodging issue, give you more space for the drive, and also allows you to prepare meals (eating three meals out a day isn’t cheap). There are RV rental companies as well as private owner RV shares. Look in to both, take an RV for a test spin to see how you feel about driving one, and then look in to RV campsites along your route. It could be the kind of experience that your family will talk about for years to come.

Hostels are another excellent option for affordable boarding on the road. Most people don’t think of hostels as being family-friendly, but most hostels are. Many hostels have private rooms and some will allow a large family to reserve a bunk bed dorm style room to themselves. You will share a kitchen and recreation space with other hostel guests, which gives you opportunities to meet people from all over the world. There are private hostels operated out of homes, and chains of corporate-owned but privately-managed hostels. Hosteling International is a chain that runs a fun passport program for children to collect stickers from each hostel they visit.